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Doctor insights on: Listeria Infection In Children

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What tests shall I go for to diagnose listeria infection?

What tests shall I go for to diagnose listeria infection?

Listeria: Any tissue or fluid can be tested for an infection: skin, semen, blood, urine, wound discharge, sputum, etc. We typically go for the most likely source for the infection. For example, tuberculosis likes to reside in the stomach, so we test gastric juices for tb. ...Read more

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I have a donated organ, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

I have a donated organ, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

Listeria infection: Yes there can be complications. Call your doctor to report the infection and discuss complications. ...Read more

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Help! I am worried about listeria infection! And my fetus?

Help! I am worried about listeria infection! And my fetus?

See below: Here are dietary recommendations for people at high risk of listeriosis including pregnant women.
* avoid soft cheeses
* avoid foods from delicatessen counters, e.g., prepared salads, meats.
* avoid raw or unpasteurized milk
* avoid refrigerated pates and other meat spreads
* cook leftover foods or ready-to-eat foods until steaming hot before eating. ...Read more

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I have diabetes, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

Risk increased: Diabetics have increased risk from infections due to the systemic effects of diabetes. However, an increased risk does not mean that you personally will get complications, and many diabetics do very well with standard treatment. It's always a good idea to monitor your blood sugars more frequently when you are sick. ...Read more

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When can a listeria infection occur?

Contaminated Food: When you eat food contaminated with lysteria, it can take up to several months for you to have symptoms. Most people are real sick when they seek help. ...Read more

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What are the tests for listeria infection?

Listeria: Although acquired by ingestion of certain foods, it is difficult to culture from stool but, usually in immunocomprimised people, it can be isolated from CSF or blood. ...Read more

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What are the tests for listeria infections?

What are the tests for listeria infections?

Culture: Best test for listeria is culture. Means isolation of bacteria from either blood or amniotic fluid. Once this is confirmed the treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of listeria infections?

Fever: Fever, muscle aches, diarheea, nausea. If disease is preading to nervous system you may experience stiff neck, convulsions, headache, confusion, loss of balance. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: listeria infection?

Bacteria: Infection with listeria monocytogenes. This infection is associated with infants, older people (>50), and pregnant women. Route of infection is usually infected food. ...Read more

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Besides washing and cooking food thoroughly, are there any other ways to avoid a listeria infection?

Besides washing and cooking food thoroughly, are there any other ways to avoid a listeria infection?

Good: washing and cooking food thoroughly is the best way to avoid a food borne infection. Also if you hear of a breakout in a shopping store, and you bought something there that was recalled, bring it back for a full refund. Don't take the chance of using it. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for a listeria infection?

Yes: While most listeria infections clear spontaneously, patients who are considered high risk due to pregnancy, old age or other factors, can be treated with antibiotics. Typically Ampicillin is the treatment of choice for listeria. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for listeria infections?

Antibiotics: Ampicilin, ciprofloxacin, vancomycin can be used to treat listeriosis. These should be prescribed by doctor after a proper diagnosis has been made. ...Read more

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I am pregnant, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

See below: If you are pregnant and are infected with listeria, you are at an increased risk of :

miscarriage
premature delivery
infection to the newborn
death to the newborn (about 22% of cases of perinatal listeriosis result in stillbirth or neonatal death).

Get checked asap if you think you might have been exposed or infected. ...Read more

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I have cancer, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

I have cancer, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

Immunosuppression: If treatment of cancer has caused immunosuppression, you could be more susceptible to listeria infection and its complications. ...Read more

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I am pregnant, what foods should I avoid to prevent a listeria infection?

Uncooked/unpasteur.: Unpasteurized cheeses, such as brie, feta, and bleu cheese, are not safe to eat during pregnancy because they could contain listeria. This bacteria can cause an infection in your baby. Other foods to avoid include raw or undercooked meat, shellfish, and eggs. ...Read more

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Are there effective medicinal therapies to treat a listeria infection?

Listeria: You need antibiotics for this infection. Herbs can boost your immune system but not kill the bug. ...Read more

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Are there effective herbal therapies to treat a listeria infection?

Are there effective herbal therapies to treat a listeria infection?

Not really...: This post was already answered (and nicely so) by dr. Albert pizzo; please refer to it.
Even if there were I would not recommend it; better to stick with more conventional treatments in this instance. ...Read more

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Are there effective medicinal therapies to prevent a listeria infection?

Source control: Keep things clean. Cook meats and eggs thoroughly. Avoid hot dogs, deli meats, processed meats unless thoroughly cooked to 170 deg. Avoid unpasturized soft cheese. Do not leave proceesed food for prolonged periods at room temp. Listeria is a very real concern, with a high mortality rate. If you are pregnant, it can be devastating to your developing baby. See your doc if you suspect any infection. ...Read more

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Can listeria infection manifest in hours and cause gullain barre syndrome?

Not usually: The time it takes to get infected, then reproduce, then cause symptoms is usually days. While almost any infection can trigger a guillan barre syndrome, it can also be due to vaccines, medications or often times for unknown reasons. ...Read more

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Are there effective herbal therapies to prevent a listeria infection?

Are there effective herbal therapies to prevent a listeria infection?

NO: Hepatitis b is a dna virus which will infect its host regardless of race. However, this virus is passed through blood and vaginal or seminal fluids, which has resulted in increased frequency of infection within drug seeking populations or populations engaging in unprotected sex. Please see your physician if you suspect infection. ...Read more

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I love sushi, can I get listeria infection from raw fish?

I love sushi, can I get listeria infection from raw fish?

No: Listeriosis primarily is foodborne. Incriminated foods include unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses, undercooked poultry, and unwashed raw vegetables. ...Read more

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I heard that as a pregnant woman I should avoid soft cheese in case of listeria infection?

I heard that as a pregnant woman I should avoid soft cheese in case of listeria infection?

A/W Dr. Younggren: Avoid soft cheeses blue-veined cheeses; ; mexican-style cheeses. Only drink milk or eat food w milk products that have been pasteurized. You can eat hard cheese; semi-soft cheeses; pasteurized processed cheeses, cream cheese ; cottage cheese. Wash your hands after you handle hot dogs. Avoid cross-contaminating fluid from hot dogs packages with utensils or food prep surfaces. Ensure hot dogs or. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

Most likely no: There are some foods, like sushi or homemade unpasteurized cheese, that carry listeria that can lead to newborn infection and sepsis. It is best that you share this information with your OB immediately, so they can decide if the food you ingested was a suspected one, and if so how to treat you properly to avoid transmission to the fetus. ...Read more

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I ate smoked roast beef during week 38 of my pregnancy abd I'm very worried now of listeria infection hat to do?

Observe for signs: Listeria can cross through the placenta and cause both mother and baby to have flu-like symptoms including nausea and fever. If the infection worsens, it can cause the mother to become disoriented and can lead to convulsions and stiffness throughout the body.

If any of these signs or symptoms occur, see your health care provider immediately. ...Read more

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Can non-invasive listeria infections harm the unborn baby/foetus or is it just the invasive type that gets into the blood stream?

Can non-invasive listeria infections harm the unborn baby/foetus or is it just the invasive type that gets into the blood stream?

Listeria: Non invasive listeria can enter the bloodstream of immuno-comprimised individuals causing septicemia which can affect the fetus. ...Read more

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Listeria Infection (Definition)

A serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with ...Read more